Enhanced Riverine Drifter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$757,736.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-11-C-0472
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-024-0468
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T024
Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corp.
CA, Goleta, CA, 93117-3021
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator
 Eric Sandoz
 Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
 esandoz@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
 Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
 Nancy R Lewis
 Office of Research
3227 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106-2050
 (805) 893-4036
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Navy has need of assessing the river environment including bathymetry, flow velocity profile, and navigational obstructions. While improvements in measurement fidelity and reduction in cost have come about by the use of multiple drifters, measurement quality is lost due to convergent drifter trajectories, and cost/risk remains high due to personnel effort required for deployment. An autonomous river measurement system capable of self-deployment as well as detecting and evading collisions with floating debris is desired. Toyon proposes to develop and demonstrate a prototype Wapter (water-helicopter) autonomous riverine system: a combination of a unique UAV coupled with a multi-functional hull well-suited to river measurement. The Wapter platform features a structure which protects the propellers in bad or crash landings, and sufficient control authority to vertically take off of the water and recover should it be flipped onto its back. The Wapter platform is foldable for easy transport, and is designed for a 24+ hour mission.

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